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Green is where the Heart Is for October 2, 2013

“Small communities grow great through harmony, great ones
fall to pieces through discord.” ~Sallust

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

I meet people everyday who are new to this island.  They just moved here from Ohio, Maryland or even Minnesota.   They may have just discovered this island or been coming here with family since they were little.  Most have not been aware of the politics on this island in years past.  Some years were volatile and some status quo.  I remember in 2005-2006, the beginning of a big change in Kure Beach when the mayor of 12 years and the staff at Town Hall changed.  During that same time Carolina Beach was fighting over the Arcadius project.  I thought then, “How can this island heal?”
And then they started coming, one by one, two by two, family by family and the population of full time residents doubled, maybe even tripled in numbers. 
The old timers wanted to keep everything the same as it always was.  The newcomers had different expectations.  Somehow a middle ground needed to be found, satisfactory to all neighbors.
Growing pains hurt.  Energetically it is unbridled and strong, full of yang force, compelled to bring the seed to the surface as it reaches for the sunlight. 
Growing pains built the Oceanfront Park in Kure Beach.  Growing pains made sure the recycling there was paired with the trash – ‘twin the bins.’  Eventually growing pains gave way to enjoyment and pleasure as folks sit in their outdoor chairs while they listen to live music, smell the negative ions of the surf and feel the breeze on their faces as it comes off the ocean.
Growing pains revamped the Boardwalk at Carolina Beach.  Volunteers spent countless hours painting, planting and sprucing up space.  Weekly activity drew tourists and residents with Family Night, Bingo Night, Fireworks and Live Music.  The Town of Carolina Beach along with The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce has worked very hard to create a place that families find fun and they are doing a great job.
ISLAND DAY was conceived.  This is a day reminiscent of an old fashioned picnic, neighbors getting together to share fun and good times.   Vendor booths are manned for educational, fun or networking only.  No sales are to be made during this time.  Hot dogs, water and soft drinks are provided by the fire departments (donations are accepted.)  No alcohol is served.  Entertainment is provided all day.
This is the way this island has healed.  Good people coming together to work in harmony accomplishing great things for the good of all.
Feng shui teaches us that connection to community with a sense of belonging is priority to ensure a well- balanced life.  I have found that our community is abundant with good people who are interested in helping each other in times of need.  Our community is abundant with good people willing to volunteer to clean the beach.  Our community is abundant with good people who want to make a difference for the good in someone else’s life.  Those people showed up for Island Day.  We may be small but we are great.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.